Briefs: OA Top Ten Albums December 12, 2008
1. Neil Young, “Sugar Mountain — Live at the Canterbury House 1968.” An amazing and insightful look inside the mind of one of rock ’n’ roll music’s great singer/songwriters at an early stage in his career. It may be 40 years old, but it is as powerful as any of his work.
2. Little Feat and Friends, “Join the Band.” Friends of the “Feat,” such as Emmylou Harris, Craig Fuller, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck and Jimmy Buffett, join Little Feat to cover some of their
classics along with other great song in a fun and lively recording.
3. Lucinda Williams, “Little Honey.” This Grammy Award–winning artist and her band, Buick 6, have released an excellent disc. More positive and uplifting than her last few recordings, this CD should win Williams a batch of new fans while pleasing her longtime fans.
4. Grateful Dead, “Rocking the Cradle: Egypt 1978.” This was the perfect place for this great band to play at a time when it was at its peak in all ways. The results are terrific and will not disappoint even the most ardent Deadhead.
5. Bob Dylan, “The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs, Rare and Unreleased 1989–2006.” An incredible collection of studio demos, alternate takes, live tracks and movie tunes from the voice of every generation and the quintessential modern day poet, all recorded since 1989.
6. Susan Tedeschi, “Back to the River.” If you liked Tedeschi’s earliest recording, then you will love this new disc as she returns to her signature sound. Gary Louris and hubby Derek Trucks sit in on this disc produced by Tom Petty’s producer George Drakoulias.
7. The Doors, “Live at the Matrix: San Francisco 1967.” This fabled, long desired and often bootlegged recording is finally available as a two–CD set featuring 24 songs including “People are Strange,” “Crystal Ship” and “Back Door Man,” among others.
8. Boz Scaggs, “Speak Low.” This is the second release of covers of old standard songs from, in my opinion, the man who is more vocally capable of pulling it off than the washed up Rod Stewart. Boz Scaggs’ beautiful voice is like another horn. Find out for yourself with this CD.
9. Paul McCartney, Youth, Fireman, “Electric Arguments.” When McCartney likes to experiment a bit with his music, he uses a different name. The music is brave and ambitious. It is a bit outside of the box, but I like it.
10. John Hiatt, “Same Old Guy.” This is Hiatt’s 20th album since 1974 and one of his best. I am not sure if it is the subtle delivery or the classic Hiatt style Memphis rhythm and blues.
Whatever it is, it all works on this set of excellent songs.